Christopher Haase and Ezequiel Companc have joined Starworks Motorsport’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance effort, beginning with the Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 26th. Haase and Companc will race in the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport 2019 spec Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO with Parker Chase and full season driver Ryan Dalziel.
“I’m proud to have Haase and Companc complete our endurance lineup. Both have had fantastic results and bring the pace we need to win,” said team owner Peter Baron. “The competition is pretty intense in the GTD and I now believe we have one of the best line-ups by adding Chris and Ezequiel. We tested two weeks ago with Ryan, Parker, and Ezequiel and had great results. We have a great team environment, which I believe is one of the keys to victory.”
Audi Sport factory driver Christopher will join the team for the Rolex 24 At Daytona only, with no shortage of endurance racing success. He recently claimed victory at the 2018 California 8 Hours at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, also holding victories at the 24 Hours of Spa, 24 Hours of Nürburgring, and Petit Le Mans.
“I am really happy to join Starworks Motorsport with Peter Baron,” said Haase. “The 24 Hours At Daytona is a prestigious race, and I already participated five times there. It is a race that every GT driver wants to be part of. The race is competition, strategy, and racing at its best. With the Audi we will have a great car that can always fight for the big trophies. The Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO update handles well and I am looking forward to hit the track soon with it.”
Stepping in for all four races in the 2019 North American Endurance Cup, the endurance championship placed within the full season, Ezequiel Companc tested with the team previously this month at Daytona International Speedway. Sebring International Raceway, Watkins Glen International, and Road Atlanta will all be new to the Argentinean race car driver. Companc competed in the 2018 season in the Blancpain GT series, earning two podium finishes, picked up an additional podium and win last season in the ADAC GT Masters.
“It’s a new challenge for me to do all of the IMSA North American Endurance Cup with Starworks next year,” said Companc. “Everything will be new for me except the Rolex. I felt really comfortable with my new teammates, the team, and the car during the test in December, which my first time in an Audi. I am sure we will be fighting on top.”
The 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will unofficially begin January 4 with the Roar Before the Rolex 24, the big pre-season all series test before competition kicks off at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, January 26-27. The IMSA GTD class championship will feature eleven races across North America, returning to iconic tracks such as Sebring International Raceway, Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course, Watkins Glen International, Road America, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta. For more information, visit imsa.com.
Source. KBru Communications